Godzilla MovieMeme

Not to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty darn proud of the #MovieMeme feature I added to the RunPee app in the previous update. It’s a work in progress that I would consider in beta for now, but you can still do an awful lot with it and have great fun sharing your work.

MovieMeme -- Godzilla

To access this feature in the RunPee app, just select any movie, which will take you to the Movie Info Screen. At the top of the screen you’ll see the movie poster. Just tap on that, and you can draw on the poster and/or add a text or meme to it.

The usability is still a little rough around the edges, but that will get ironed out in time. If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear your feedback. Just email me: [email protected].

John Wick: Prince of Puppies

It’s also fun to just use your finger, or a stylus, to draw on the poster.

MovieMeme -- Aladdin

Or a combination of meme and drawing.

MovieMeme - Hellboy

MovieMeme

What’s New in the RunPee App Version 5.0 – Movie posters can can draw on, MCU Peetimes at a glance, and much more!

RunPee’s MovieMeme Designs – So easy, a “meme moron” like me can make one

Your 20 big benefits to using the RunPee app

By now you’ve heard RunPee tells you when to hit the toilet during the movies so you don’t miss the most important scenes, but you probably haven’t sat down and thought about the wealth of benefits and treats RunPee gives you — the enthusiastic movie-goer. Here are all the goodies you should know to make the best use of the world’s most indispensable movie app:

  1. All the Peetimes to make certain you never miss a crucial movie moment, reveal, or best scene, ever again.
  2. Read the scene you’re missing as you take a Peetime. Our synopses are short and sweet and get you up to speed. You will never feel lost when you get back to your seat again.
  3. The Built In Timer vibrates quietly in your lap before your Cue to get up and go, so no one else in the theater ever gets disturbed.RunPee Timer
  4. Drink all the sodas, beers, wine, cocktails you like, and your bladder will thank you for it.
  5. You can run to the concession stand for lots of food during any Peetime, without waiting in annoying or long lines.
  6. Don’t sit through the credits for no reason if there’s nothing to see.  Go home with confidence with our Anything Extra section. On the other hand, never miss an extra scene, moment, dedication, or movie tidbit again, if there is one. RunPee will tell you when the Extra scene is, how long it lasts, and our advice on whether to wait for it or not…all without giving away spoilers.
  7. If you come in late to the film, our Running Late benefit will tell you what happened in the first three minutes. WHEW. Now you can breathe and relax.
  8. Our Peetime Meta details give you a choice of what kind of scenes to miss – a talking moment, a bit of non-crucial action, a musical montage of time passing, or a transition scene. You choose.
  9. We give you — depending on how long the film is — 2-4 Peetimes to choose from,  so there will always a Peetime you can tell your bladder to wait for. We try to have Peetimes spread out within half-hour increments.
  10. Our #MovieMeme play area lets you be creative with your favorite films. Make your own art on top of any movie poster in our gallery. Draw or say anything you like on it, using your own finger as a brush, and share your fun art with the world.MovieMeme
  11. Our Peeple’s Poll lets you rate a movie twice — on your expectations before the movie, and your thoughts after. You can also choose to compare other Peeples’s votes based on a similar age range and gender. There is no poll like this anywhere else.Peeple's Poll results for Captain Marvel
  12. Vote in the 3D Poll to let other Peeple know if it’s worth spending the extra cash on those 3D glasses. Or look to see if others think you should bother with it. This is a big money saver right there that can pay for the Infinity Peecoin right there.
    Located at the very bottom of the Movie Info screen.
  13. Speaking of the Infinity Peecoin, you can choose how to use your app — free by watching short video ads, for ten cents a movie to buy Peecoins, or make a one-time lifetime expense for the Infinity Peecoin.
  14. If you do watch the free ads, you can do it all at once and BANK your Peecoins away for later use. Never run out of Peecoins right before a feature film begins.
  15. Rate and share your movie grade with actual movie poster artwork, using your choice from a large assortment of icons. Is your movie worth 4 out of 5 Groots? 5 of 5 Deadpools? RunPee makes it easy to have fun sharing your opinion with your friends.
  16. Read our comprehensive, personable movie reviews, written in-house by the members of the RunPee Family after we see the film.
  17. Check out the (literally) thousands of movie and entertainment articles published, all created by us, on the RunPee blog. You could spend days in there, enjoying the posts written by and for the movie-lover.
  18. Enjoy our immense archive of movie Peetimes, with thousands of movies going back 10 years — along with some older classics — for your curiosity and enjoyment.
  19. Get Alert Peetimes in movies with unexpectedly graphic scenes of violence, animal abuse, torture, or over-the-top gore. alert peetime
  20. Get the BEST one on one customer service on the planet for your app. If you contact [email protected], we give you a speedy reply based on your actual needs, and not some form letter. Contact us anytime with any advice, critiques, comments, or questions. We want to do everything we can to make your RunPee app the best thing you’ve ever downloaded.

AND…here’s a bonus benefit:

21. Know you’re helping a small family-run business grow. This is RunPee’s 10th Anniversary as an app, and we thank YOU for being part of our extended RunPee Family. A lot of you have been with us from the beginning, and seen how we’ve adapted and improved over the years, largely through your suggestions. Thank you for telling everyone about us, and for all you newbies being willing to take on a new app movie-going phone app. We would not exist without you. (Many hugs!)RunPee Family

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What’s New in the RunPee App Version 5.0 – Movie posters can can draw on, MCU Peetimes at a glance, and much more!

We slaved a while over this one, but we’re proud to present the latest update to the RunPee app. This version has a way to be creative and make personalized movie designs using your finger as a brush; an exclusive MCU film hub where RunPee collected every Peetime for ALL the 22 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and counting); an improved Peeple’s Movie Poll; and the cleaner Movie Info Screen interface fans begged us for. The RunPee Family is super proud of this brand new update, and we hope you love it too.

Let’s start with the details of the RunPee app Version 5.0 BIGGIE. Presenting the New MovieMeme:

MovieMeme
RunPee Sis and her Grand Daughter Nanna Johnson collaborated on this one together: this is a fun way to bring the generations together meaningfully. Try it.
  • #MovieMeme  — This is the most exciting change to the RunPee app update. You get to be creative and directly play with movies to your spirit of fun or inspiration. This is pretty unique. Use your finger as a “paintbrush” to draw on a movie poster! (Or use a phone stylus – whichever you prefer.) Go ahead: add crazy designs —  mark it up to make it silly, inspirational, or meaningful —  stamp your own personality on it!  You can also add text at the top or bottom to add quotes, jokes, or insights (it’s an optional feature, but adds to the fun and makes it look really good).

So, you can design your own movie poster based off the original, and share your art to friends, family, and the world though social media, email, or text. RunPee makes this super easy to do.

(Note: make sure to send a copy to yourself every time to keep it, since you get a fresh new one to try with on each visit to the RunPee app. )

Anyone at any age can do these drawings, and we’ve had great responses from RunPee beta testers as young as 6 and as old as…well, great-grandma age. 😉

Experiment, and enjoy! We designed this feature in the app update purely for you to have fun.

Other Key New Benefits to the RunPee app update:

  • Caught up in the Avengers craze? Planning a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) rewatch ahead of Endgame? (And seriously, your plan start NOW.) We made it simple to see all the MCU movies’ details. Tap on the menu — top-right — and select “MCU Movies“. Tap next to Captain America’s iconic shield: you’ll find every Peetime for every Marvel Cinematic Universe vault, all in one place on the RunPee app. Whew! That’s a lot of movies. You’re welcome. 🙂

MCU Movies

  • Movie Info Screen — this part of the RunPee app has a new look that’s cleaner and easier to use. Scroll down and tell us if you like the new layout. We’ve made this change in response to fan requests for less screen clutter, without losing the features you already enjoy, especially the Peetimes, Extra Scene details, and our in-house Movie Reviews.
  •  Peeple’s Poll — The RunPee app now gives you the option to “hide” the movie poll results from others until after you voted. This way you can vote without being influenced by seeing the current results. You can do it either way with the tap of a button.

As always, let us know what you think of the changes in the update to the RunPee app – both good, bad, or constructive. Contact us at [email protected].

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How RunPee Makes Memorable Cues For Peetimes & Movie Breaks

Peter parker into the spiderverse
Our Spidey Senses tell us the best Peetime Cues

What do we mean by a Peetime Cue when we add them to the RunPee app? There takes a certain type of finesse and a small learning curve to using Peetimes properly. Over the years we’ve distilled it to a science. (Some would say it’s an art…)

Contrary to what some might think, when the built-tin Timer vibrates, this isn’t the time to get up for the loo.

This Timer is merely alerting you to some phrase or on-screen title card (like a date or place, such as Cairo, Egypt, 1923)…giving you a heads up of about a minute or two that you’re to look/listen for the actual Cue to leave your seat and hurry out. (Read about what a Peetime actually is, if you’re unsure.)

How We Choose a Good Peetime Cue

The first rule for us in creating Peetime Cues is: don’t use a cue that’s a spoiler.

This Cue example from a Peetime lets you know when to RunPee
A good Peetime Cue for RunPee.com

For instance, we’d never have a spoiler like, “When Jack dies.” Because, duhhh.

That much is obvious, but there are other spoilers that are easy to slip through. For example, in The Spiderverse movie I had a Cue that was dialog between Peter B Parker and Spiderman Noir. I couldn’t exactly put their names in the Cue, because some people may not be aware that there are multiple Spidermen in the movie.

Fortunately, the dialog was distinctive (and amusing ) enough that I could list the dialog without attributing it. Here’s our actual Cue: 

“It’s a long story.”
(2 second montage)
“Maybe not that long.”

My favorite Cues are those that have simple, but memorable lines. There was a great one in Bumblebee: “I once stole a Mallomar.” That’s unique. That’s going to stick with you.

Sometimes we have Cues that are visual events. Like in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, “When the SUV crashes into the river.” That’s distinctive, but a tiny bit of a spoiler, because if you read the Cues before the movie, you would know that the chase scene ends with the SUV taking a plunge. However, I was willing to overlook that, because that scene was also in the movie trailer. Sometimes we just make a judgement call like that, to give you a few extra moments to jump up and not miss the beginning of something important to come.

Here’s another current example: 

Dearest (RunPee Mom) and I were watching a movie last night — Split — which she did the Peetimes for. I try to make a habit of checking the Peetimes in the app, just to see what other family members chose. Her Cue for the 1st Peetime was:

When Barry says to Casey, “Your shirt is soiled; just take it off.”
It sounds like a good Cue and all, but the line is spoken very softly, and almost unnoticeable. I was listening for it and completely missed it.
In these instances, when we have a line of dialogue that doesn’t really pop out, we try adding a little context to it. Something like a visual cue, or extending the dialog a little. In this particular case, I would have added the previous line of dialog: “You have a crumb on your shirt. Take it off. Just take it off.” Or included a visual cue: “Barry sits on the bed with Casey and says, ‘You have a crumb…'”
I think a good example of this is from Aquaman. Here’s the Cue:
Aquaman unrolls the map and says, “This is our next stop.”

We’re always happiest when we have a Cue that is memorable and definitive. We don’t want our fans sitting in the theater wondering, “Was that the Cue?” When we’ve given you three or five minutes to go, we try to make this as easy as possible for you to know what to do. Makes sense? Let us know if we can improve!

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Now, as to determining a good Peetime, or supplying different choices of Peetime Meta (descriptions of the type of Peetime), those are entirely different stories. 🙂

Related Articles from RunPee, Behind the Scenes:

https://runpee.com/help/peetimes/

Are Peetimes just the boring bits of a movie?

Finding PeeTimes – EXACTLY how I find those movie breaks

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The future of m.RunPee.com

RunPee: Because movie theaters don't have pause buttons.

I’m sure no one is going to be thrilled with this, but I’m shutting down access to m.RunPee.com. Sorry.

The primary reason is that I originally created m.runpee.com so that people without smartphones would have access to the Peetimes for movies. It’s a pretty crappy experience, but I thought it was a nice gesture on my part.

However, I just checked the analytics and 98% of the people using m.runpee.com are using an Android or iPhone that is fully capable of running the RunPee app. So, if you would like to continue using the service you’ll have to install the app.

Download RunPee at Google Play

Download RunPee at iTunes

The first thing to know is that of course there are options for using the RunPee app for free. You don’t have to pay a dime to use the app if you don’t want to. But, maintaining RunPee is a labor intensive, and costly, enterprise. We can’t do this for free. I would be grateful if you would consider purchasing Peecoins, or even the Infinity Peecoin, to help us out. You can read all about both options when you install the app.

Please feel free to comment here if you would like. I’m trying to make this the best app for everyone.

How to purchase Peecoins or the Infinity Peecoin

Here is a breakdown of the steps necessary to purchase Peecoins, or the Infinity Peecoin. I tried to make the process as simple as possible, but there is certainly room for improvement. I would appreciate it if you shared a comment with me –below — if you have some ideas on improving the process, or would just like to point out where you got confused. Thanks!

First off, before you can purchase anything, you need to verify your email address. This is because I need to record your purchase history, so that when you get a new phone you can restore everything: your remaining Peecoins and the history of which movies you spent Peecoins on previously.

There are two places you can begin the email verification process. The screen below is the first thing you will see when you start the app.

Or, if you are past this screen, you can select any movie from the Movie List Screen, which takes you to the Movie Info Screen for that movie only — as seen here below with Jumanji.

Pressing on either of the underlined buttons will take you to the Email Submission Screen — see below.

Please be careful to enter your email address correctly.  (However, if you make a mistake, you can correct it later.) As soon as you submit your address, you will see the screen below. Wait just a few seconds, and you should receive a 3-digit email verification code.

Simply input your 3-digit code. If your code is correct, it will automatically forward you to the next step. If, for whatever reason, you don’t get a code right away, you can finish this process later without starting over again. The next time you start the app you can input your code. Or, if you need it, you can get a new code, with an option of changing your email address (in the event you typed it incorrectly).

When your email is verified, you’ll see the confirmation screen below.

From this screen you can purchase Peecoins, or the Infinity Peecoin — just scroll down a little to see that option.

Important
The purchase process goes through either the Apple or Google interface, depending on your phone. If you have made purchases before, then the process should be relatively simple. If not, then you may need to add credit card information. (Note: all of your credit card information is handled by Apple/Google. Nothing is shared with RunPee. All we know is if your purchase was successful or not.)

Once you have closed the Email Verification Screen, and selected a movie (no Peecoins are spent/needed at this point), you’ll see a Movie Info Screen like the one below.

Just tap on the underlined button to “Get More Peecoins” and you will see the screen below.

If you want to use the app for free, just watch some video ads (there might be sounds – be aware to turn off the sound in your movie theater, or watch the ads before you go, to bank them for later). Each ad that you complete will reward you with one Peecoin. Honestly, these ads make us almost no money, so we hope that you’ll eventually chose one of the following options.

Purchase Peecoins in bundles of 10 for $1. (Up to 40 for $4 at a time. A minimal fee that gives you a lot of movie Peetimes!) This really helps support RunPee, because we make about 7 cents off of each Peecoin. (Apple/Google take 30%.)

Finally, there’s the Infinity Peecoin. This is the best option if you use the RunPee app frequently, and it really helps support the RunPee Family. You will be ad-free for infinity! You can purchase the Infinity Peecoin for $20 with in-app, or via Paypal for $15. (Apple/Google keep 30%, that’s why it’s more expensive in the app.) If you would like to purchase via Paypal then please refer to the email you receive with your confirmation code. Or visit: runpee.com/infinity/.

Note: as of this writing the only option for purchasing the Infinity Peecoin on an iPhone is via Paypal, but I hope to resolve this issue soon.

Please leave a comment below if there’s anything you find confusing about this process. We’re always looking to improve the app so everyone can enjoy it.

Thank you,

The RunPee Family

Apple rejects a long existing feature in the RunPee app

Bad news: Apple has rejected my update to the RunPee app, so the fix for the Timer notifications–that broke because of a change Apple made–won’t be available for about another week.

On top of that Apple is forcing me to remove access to the IMDb movie information available in the app–that has been a feature in the app for over 3 years. Why do I have to remove this feature? Because IMDb.comrecognizes that you are viewing their website in a mobile browser and so they provide download buttons for the iOS IMDb.com app and for the Android IMDb app. Apple, in their infinite inferiority, does not want their users to know that Android exists.

Apple is infuriating. There’s no way for me to punish them without punishing my users, but let me put it this way, if I won the lottery I would disable the RunPee app for iOS forever, and only allow it to run on Android phones.

FYI, obviously the IMDb integration won’t be affected on the Android app.

Feedback needed for potential update to app

I’d love to get your feedback on a possible change to the app. Currently we have information about each Peetime at the top of the Peetime screen where we briefly describe what happens during each scene. That way you’ll have some idea if you’ll be missing an action scene, or character development, or whatever.

Would it be easier to digest if those brief descriptions were included under the cue for each Peetime? Or should I leave them all grouped together at the top?

The photos below show the current view and a mockup of what it would look like if I changed it.

Please let me know which you would prefer.

Currently looks like this ->

Current layout
Current layout

 

Possible change ->

Mockup of possible change.
Mockup of possible change.

Error 918 on Google Play

Lots of people have been getting the Error 918 when trying to update the RunPee app.  Here’s something that works for most people.

Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Play Store > Clear Cache & Clear Data

then go to

Settings > Accounts & Sync > *your Google account* > click menu (the three dots) > Remove Google Account

then re-add your Google Account again. That should do the trick.

If that doesn’t fix it then the problem may be that there isn’t enough room remaining on your internal devise storage to install/update the app. You can try to free up space by moving other applications to the external SD card, assuming you have one. Not all apps can be moved but it’s a good practice to move all the apps you can to the external SD card.

To move an app to the external SD card open settings > More > Application manager.

Select any application and you should see a button labeled “Move to SD card”. If the app can’t be moved then it will be grayed out.

Or, you can just ignore the update and wait for the next one. I’m not sure why the Google Play store has this issue sometimes but it happens to a lot of people with a lot of different apps. Google could certainly do a better job of explaining to the user exactly what’s going on.